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Hilde Hoogenboom

Assoc Professor, Russian
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
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Biography: 

A literary historian was the Jesse Ball DuPont Fellow at the National Humanities Center and postdoctoral fellow in the Eurasia Program of the Social Sciences Research Council for her book, "Noble Sentiments and the Rise of Russian Novels" (University of Toronto Press, 2018), on the sentimental ideal of duty in noble culture and novels by men and women writers, most of whom were nobles. She is a resident associate 2017–18 at the National Humanities Center for her new project "Noble Rot: Corruption, Civil Society, and Literary Elites in Russia." Co-editor of two collections of essays on Russian women writers, she has written numerous articles on women, including on sentimental novels, Pushkin and Sophie Cottin; Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaia; George Sand in Russia; bio-bibliographic compilations of women in Europe; and on Vera Figner and Russian populist revolutionary autobiographies. Her introduction (2017) to Sofia Khvoshchinskaia’s "City Folk and Country Folk" (1863) is the first for a dozen translated women’s novels in the Russian Library series at Columbia University Press. Her research interests include 19th-century literature, sentimentalism and realism, women writers, Catherine the Great, life writing, noble culture, gender, and digital humanities. Besides 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature, she teaches intellectual history, civilization, and theater. "Memoirs of Catherine the Great," a new translation of Catherine the Great’s memoirs from French with a substantial introduction and commentary (Modern Library at Random House, 2005), is the first for which the translators consulted the original manuscripts in her own hand. Catherine’s final memoir (1794) is a political thriller about survival in the succession struggle at the Russian court, and a unique Enlightenment document. Meant for general and specialist readers alike, this book is supported by a grant from the National Humanities Center for research and teaching in the undergraduate classroom.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University 1996. Minors: Russian Intellectual History, Russian Area Studies, and Women’s Studies. Dissertation:“A Two-Part Invention:The Russian Woman Writer and Her Heroines from 1860 to 1917”
  • IREX/ACTR research scholar, Gorky Institute for World Literature, Moscow 1992-1995 
  • M.Phil. Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University 1992
  • Moscow State University, Moscow, IREX for Teachers of Russian 1991
  • Harriman Institute Certificate in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies,  Columbia University 1991
  • M.A. Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University 1989. Essay: Childhood in Autobiographical Essays by Pasternak and Brodsky: Womb or Tomb?
  • Leningrad State University, Leningrad, CIEE 1984-1985
  • Leningrad State University, Leningrad, CIEE 1982
  • Middlebury College, Advanced Russian Program 1981
  • B.A., Williams College, Russian and English Literatures 1981
  • Universitæt Freiburg im Breisgau, German and Russian translation with Frau Svetlana Geier 1980
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Manuscript page of Catherine the Great's memoirs

First manuscript page of the final memoirs of Catherine the Great (1794), RGADA, Moscow

The opening of Catherine the Great's last of her three memoirs, which are in French, is an unusual epigraph that compares her and Peter III, her husband, who ruled only six months before he was deposed and probably murdered in Catherine's coup in June 1762. This comparison suggests that she is writing history in the genre of Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans , or Parallel Lives, which compare the characters of rulers. The manuscript shows that unlike the earlier memoirs, where the epigraphs were added later, this epigraph was written first, and thus shapes her conception of the memoir.
Research Interests: 

nineteenth-century literature in Russia, sentimentalism and realism, women writers, Catherine the Great, life writing, noble service culture, civil society, gender, European book markets, translation, digital humanities.

 

 

Publications: 
Research Activity: 
  • Noble Sentiments and the Rise of Russian Novels. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2022)
  • The Sisters Khvoshchinskaia. Eds. Joe Andrew, Hilde Hoogenboom, and Arja Rosenholm.
  • Noble Rot: Corruption, Civil Society, and Literary Elites in Russia.
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 323Russian Lit and Revolutn 20thC
HON 394Special Topics
RUS 430Russian Short Story
RUS 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 323Russian Lit and Revolutn 20thC
RUS 323Russian Lit and Revolutn 20thC
HON 394Special Topics
RUS 430Russian Short Story
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 425Chekhov and Russian Drama
THE 425Chekhov and Russian Drama
RUS 441Survey of Russian Culture
HON 494Special Topics
RUS 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 430Russian Short Story
SLC 439Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
RUS 439Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
RUS 493Honors Thesis
HON 494Special Topics
RUS 590Reading and Conference
Presentations: 
  • 2018 Organizer: The Bestsellers of the Eighteenth-Century International Literary Marketplace in Russia; Paper: “Sentimental Bestsellers in Russia,” X International Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia, UK (SGECR), Strasbourg, July 6-11.
  • 2017 Roundtable organizer and presenter, “Other Herzens,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), November.
  • 2017 “Serfdom in Russian Novels: Evgenia Tur and Sofia and Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaia,” American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), February 3
  • 2017 Panel discussant, “Slavists as Biographers and Scholars of Life-Writing,” AATSEEL, February
  • 2016 Chair and roundtable organizer: Russian, Eastern European, and European Networks of Women Writers and Translators, ASEEES
  • 2016 Chair, “Damskaia literatura: Russia and the Genre of Popular Romance,” ASEEES
  • 2015 “Madame Genlis in Russia,” panel organizer: The Digital Eighteenth Century, ASEEES
  • 2015 Panel discussant, Vasily Sleptsov: A Peculiarly Modern Sensibility, ASEEES.
  • 2015 “Noble Sentiments: Nikolai Karamzin Translates and Sentimentalizes Madame de Genlis,” 14th International Congress on the Enlightenment, International Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS), Rotterdam, July.
Honors / Awards: 

2017-18 Resident Associate, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC (sabbatical), office and all library privileges

2008     NEH Summer Institute, NY Public Library: Russian & Soviet Visual Culture 1860-1935, $2,400

2002     British Academy Small Research Grant, Moscow and Riazan (Khvoshchinskys), $2,400

2001-3  National Humanities Center Lloyd Cotsen Scholarship & Teaching Grant (The Memoirs of Catherine the Great), $10,000

2001-2  Social Science Research Council, Eurasia Program Postdoctoral Research Grant, $24,000

2000-1  Fellow, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC, $34,000

2000-1  IREX Individual Advanced Research Grant (declined), Moscow, $15,000

2000      IREX Short-Term Travel Grant, Moscow, $2,400

1998      IREX Short-Term Travel Grant, Moscow, $2,400

1997      IREX Short-Term Travel Grant, Moscow, $2,400

1996      IREX Short-Term Travel Grant, Moscow, $2,400

1996      NEH Summer Seminar, Amherst College: Gender and Identity in Russian Literature, $2,400

1996      ACLS Travel Grant to International Conferences, Bath, $1,000

1995      ACTR/ACCELS USIA Regional Scholar Exchange Fellowship, Moscow, $3,000

1992-3  IREX Independent Research Grant, Moscow, $12,000

1991    IREX for Teachers of Russian Grant, Moscow, $3,000

Editorships: 

2014-17           Editorial Board, Women Writers in History, Brill|Rodopi, Amsterdam

Professional Associations: 

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS)

Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association, US (ECRSA)

Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia, UK (SGECR)

New approaches to European Women Writers (NEWW)

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

Mentor

2016-18           Mentor, ASEEES Mentoring Program: Daniel Green, Harvard University, “Dressing the Golden Age: The Symbolism of Clothing in Russian Literature in the Era of Nicholas I”

Reader

2011 Anya Biel, “Sacrifice in the Name of Sacred Duty: The Representations of the Decembrist Wives in Russian Culture, 1825-Present.” Ph.D, Russian History, University at Albany SUNY

 

Work History: 

2016-         Associate Professor, Arizona State University, SILC, Russian; Melikian Center affiliate

2010-16     Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, SILC, Russian; Melikian Center affiliate

2005-10     Assistant Professor, University at Albany SUNY, Languages, Literatures & Cultures

2002-5       Visiting Assistant Professor, Macalester College, German Studies and Russian

1997-2002 Assistant Professor, Stetson University, Modern Languages, Russian Studies

1995-7       Visiting Assistant Professor and Acting Chair, College of Wooster, Russian Studies

1994-5       Preceptor, Columbia University, Core Curriculum: Literature Humanities

1990-1       Lecturer, Princeton University, Slavic Languages and Literatures

1989-92     Preceptor, Columbia University, Core Curriculum, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Service: 
  • Grant Reviewer: National Humanities Center, 2008-; IREX Short-Term Research Grant 2002

    Manuscript reviewer: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2017; Columbia UP 2016-; Open Book Publishers 2011; Yale UP 2007; American Philosophical Society 2006; Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History; Clothing Cultures, Comparative Literature Studies; Jahrbücher für slawische Literatur, Kunst und Wissenschaft; PMLA; Russian Review; The Slavic and East European Journal

  • 2016-   Member, Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH-EU), Working Group: Women Writers in History

  • 2016-   Webmaster, Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association (ECRSA)

  • 2014-20           Board, Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS)

  • 2016-18           Chair, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Davis Travel Grant Committee

  • 2014-17           Editorial Board, Women Writers in History, Brill|Rodopi, Amsterdam

  • 2011      Committee, Belle de Zuylen Prize, Huygens Institute ING, The Hague

  • 2009-    Committee in Support of Slavic and Baltic Scholarship at the New York Public Library

  • 2009-13           Member, European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action “Women Writers in History,” New approaches to European Women Writers (NEWW), Huygens ING, The Hague

  • 2006-8 President, Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association (ECRSA)